About Caroline Preble

I'm a gal who thinks that there is always a reason to celebrate! I am a wife and mom to two great girls, and a former elementary teacher who has turned my love for all things fun and creative into a website to share with friends everywhere.

Road Trip Snack Ideas

road trip snacks

Do your vacation plans include a road trip this year? While travel by car can be a great idea for a family getaway, sometimes those miles on the road can lead to empty bellies and backseat grumbling. Here are some road trip snack ideas to help keep everyone smiling away the miles.

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Filler-Uppers  — put together an assortment of your favorite crackers, roasted nuts, pretzels, cheese cubes, and dry meats like pepperoni.  Another fun idea is to mix some of these together and put them into a fun container such as the mason jar above.

Grab Bags — If you are traveling with children, you might assemble a snack treat that comes complete with some small toy treasures that will keep everyone occupied. Trail mix, veggie sticks, sliced fruit, fruit gummies, and granola bars are all good options. Stick a few snack choices into a larger container where you hide some small toys that can be revealed at different intervals along the trip.

Wrap Sandwiches — Wraps are another easy travel option for a hearty car snack. Use a tortilla to wrap up your favorite lunch meat with some cheese and a spread, such as hummus or cream cheese.

Something Sweet — Bringing along a sweet treat can be another great road trip snack idea. Grapes or sliced apples are a healthy choice. Cookies are also fun. You might consider ginger cookies (or candies) if any of your passengers are prone to carsickness since ginger can help calm an upset stomach. If you are looking for a longer lasting treat, pack  some lollipops. A sucker can keep little mouths occupied for a good period of time.

Want some fun game ideas for your travel time? Be sure to take a look at our post on Great Road Trip Activities!  car games and activities

20 Great Ideas for a Company Picnic

Company picnic

My husband works for a large company in Portland, Oregon.  Every August they host an amazing company picnic at Lakeview Farms, a beautiful working farm and pumpkin patch in nearby Forest Grove. The picnic is always one of the highlights of the summer, and is looked forward to by both employees and their families. It is so much fun!

By now, the gals who put this picnic together have it down to a science, but it takes lots of planning and hard work behind the scenes to make things run smoothly. Here are some photo memories of this year’s event, and 20 ideas that help make this company picnic great!

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1. Start with an organized plan — Make sure you have all the details of your event worked out before the day of the picnic.

2. Find a scenic spot — Consider the size and age range of your group when looking for a space to hold your company picnic. It’s important that you can visualize the party in the location you choose.

3. Hire a great caterer — Food is an important element of a company picnic, so choose someone whose menu fits your group’s appetite!

4. Consider using a drink vendor — At our company picnic beer and wine are served. We hire a company that will take care of checking IDs and handing out bracelets to those old enough to drink liquor.

5. Create an inviting seating area — Set up tables and benches in areas where people can congregate and rest.

6. Welcome guests with a door prize raffle — Everybody loves a giveaway, so as your guests RSVP, keep track of your invitees and hand each person a raffle ticket. Then throughout the night call different numbers for door prizes.

7. Hire a Band or DJ — Music can set the tone of your whole day. It makes people happy and gets them up and dancing.

8. Include karaoke in your music plan — If your DJ offers karaoke, this can be a ton of fun. Who knew they guy in the next office was such a great singer?

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9. Set up a photo wall — A collage of photos from the workplace or past company events is a great ice breaker. Everyone loves to see themselves and their friends having fun throughout the years.

10. Hire an entertainer for the kids — At this picnic, BJ the clown is a perennial favorite. He has been entertaining kids in the Portland area for over 20 years and he does a great job keeping the little ones happy.

11. Remember the teenagers — Having some crafts and activities for older kids is a great idea too. This year we had a table of teen crafts, as well as many games that were perfect for this age group.

12. Play volleyball — Volleyball is a great outdoor game that can involve lots of people and a variety of age groups all at once. We also set up tetherball this year and it was a big hit.

13. Put out some independent game materials — Setting out bubbles, balls, racquets, and other independent activities is a good idea for people looking to fill some free time.

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14. Hire a face painter — The face painter is always a highlight of the company picnic. We have an amazing artist who can airbrush amazing faces and tattoos. The line for the face painter is always a mile long.

15. Have a bounce house —  Bounce houses are another fun idea for fun lovers of any age.

16. Hire a photo booth with props — There are lots of great reasons to hire a photo booth — they are good ice breakers, they get everyone loosened up, and they allow your guests to leave with a memento of the day.

17. Play carnival games — Setting up some carnival games can be another fun and easy activity for your guests.

18. Hire a mechanical bull — Do you have an adventurous group? A mechanical bull might be just the thing!

19. Host a sundae bar — The sundae bar is another much anticipated highlight of the company picnic. Have some employees chip in and serve up some fun, along with a lot of whipped cream!

20. Recognize loyal employees — At some point during your event, remember to stop and say a few words about the people and reasons your company is so great.  Recognize employees who have been working with you for a while or made significant contributions this year, and remember to say thank you to the people who put together such an amazing company picnic!



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5 Must Have Graduation Party Favors

graduation party favor ideas

It’s almost graduation time! Time to celebrate the completion of the time spent at school and get ready for the adventures ahead! If you are planning on hosting a party to honor a special graduate, or if you have lots of wonderful grads to remember, here are 5 must have graduation party favors that are sure to do the trick!

Graduation Favor Boxes

Graduation Hat Favor Boxes

I love these little hats! You can fill them with a note, candy, confetti, or other small gift. They would look great on a party table or they could be a perfect “special something” to give to all your grad’s friends to let them know you were thinking of them.
Personalized Scalloped Party Labels

Personalized Party Labels

These fun labels come in an assortment of colors and styles to match any party theme. Then you can customize them even more with a name, a date, and a message. These would make great accents on your invitations, thank you notes, or party favors. (The picture shows labels for a baptism, but you can design them for your graduation party).
Class of 2017 Black Stadium Cups

Class of 2015 Stadium Cups

If you are hosting a graduation celebration, you are going to need cups. These Class of 2017 stadium cups are perfect because they go with classic graduation party décor, they are unique to your party theme, and best of all, they can be saved as a party souvenir (they make great pencil holders for college dorms)!

Class of 2017 Black Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies JarA Jar of Cookies

I think this personalized Class of 2017 jar full of chocolate chip cookies is an amazing idea for a graduation gift! I have so many kids that I would like to do something for, and not only are these cookies delicious, they are also reasonably priced, which makes them perfect for party favors or small gifts for groups of grads.

Great Books

I saved my favorites for last! Books are always a great gift for a graduate, and there are so many fun titles out there to choose from! Here are a few of my favorites:

1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know Believe Book Oh The Things You'll Need Book


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Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation Photo Booth Props - Black and Gold Decorations from BigDotOfHappiness.com

Graduation Party Photo Booth Props Kit 

It’s springtime, and that means it’s almost time for graduation! Do you know someone special who is graduating this year? Will you be planning a graduation party? Here are some graduation party ideas and fun new graduation party supplies that we love for 2015.


Photo Booth Props — Photo booths are a great idea to capture memories at a graduation party, prom, Senior lock-in or other school event. We found this fun 20 piece photo booth prop set at Big Dot of Happiness. It comes in silver or gold and has everything you need to set up an amazing photo booth.

Keys to Success Open House Pack For 60Personalized Graduation Party Ware — If you are hosting a grad party, you will definitely need lots of tableware for drop in guests. We found a variety of great options at Shindigz.com, including these fun personalized party supplies.

If you would rather hang some photos of your grad instead of putting his picture onto your party plates, here are a few other great decorating ideas.

Tassel Worth The Hassle - Gold - Graduation Photo Garland Banners
Graduation Photo Garland
Graduation Photo Yard Sign - Grad Party Decorations
Graduate Photo Yard Sign
Graduation Party Photo Table Confetti - 27 ct
Graduation Photo Table Confetti


Signature Graduation Cap
Another idea at graduation time is to keep a memory of all the special friends, teachers, and relatives that have been an important part of your grad’s school days. I love the idea of creating a keepsake at your graduation event. One easy idea is using a graduation signature mat frame and have all your guests write their well wishes on it. Another fun twist on this idea is putting out a signature graduation cap for friends to sign.

Finally, adding some special touches to your party can go a long way towards making it truly memorable. One new idea we found this year is graduation cap bottle toppers. These can make any beverages look extra special.  Giving your guests graduation bubbles or other graduation party favors can also be fun.

Graduation Cap Party Bottle Toppers
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For many more great graduation party ideas, be sure to visit our graduation party page at creative-party-themes.com.